Joël was born into 
a 
family 
of 
food 
lovers. 


His 
great 
grandfather
 was
 a 
chef 
in 
Corsica, 
his 
father 
is 
a 
tofu
 maker,
 and 
Joel's 
mother
 always 
cooked 
all 
their 
family 
meals 
from
 scratch.


 He 
began 
apprenticing 
in 
restaurant 
kitchens 
at 
age 
17
 and 
moved 
to
 Montreal 
where 
he
 often 
held 
two 
jobs 
at 
the 
same
 time.
 
At 
21, 
Joël 
was
 mentored 
by 
a 
chef 
from 
the 
Japanese 
embassy 
who 
was 
hired 
to 
train
 him
 in 
sushi 
at 
Icho 
restaurant 
in 
Ottawa. 


in 
2000, 
he 
was 
hired to 
open 
Kinki, 
a

 modern
 sushi 
restaurant
 back 
in 
his 
hometown
 of 
Ottawa. In
 2009,
 Tannis 
Ling 
approached
 Joël
 with 
her 
concept
 of 
modern
 Chinese 
food and 

In 
January 
of 
2010, 
Bao 
Bei 
opened
 its 
doors. 
It
 became
 an 
instant 
success, 
winning 
a 
series 
of 
awards,
 including 
Enroute
 Magazine's 
second
 best 
restaurant 
in 
Canada
 award. 
 

Joël 
continues 
to
 titillate 
the 
palates 
of 
Bao 
Bei 
costumers 
with 
his 
unique 
approach 
to
 Chinese 
cuisine.